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New 50 Shades of Planning Podcast – Our Friends in the North – Part 1

Kevin Whitmore BECG

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Kevin Whitmore


For both this episode and the next one Sam Stafford hands over the 50 Shades reins to Stephen Gleave. Stephen is an urban designer and town planner and has been based in the north west of England for nearly 30 years. Stephen was invited to guest edit the Summer 2021 edition of the Urban Design Group’s quarterly journal and Sam has lent the 50 Shades of Planning Podcast as a platform for Stephen to share some of the material that he curated.

Stephen set out to explore urban design in the north, the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and what ‘levelling up’ might mean for placemaking. What are the current active urban designers “up to” across the north? What influence are they having, what are they achieving and what challenges are they facing?

Stephen sought input from a range of academics, consultants and practitioners in both public and private sectors and some of the contributors have kindly taken the time to read their essays for these two 50 Shades episodes.

Part 1 features:

  • David Roberts, Director, Igloo
  • Vicky Payne, Planner and Urban Designer, URBED
  • Jaimie Ferguson, Director, OPEN

BECG proudly supports the 50 Shades of Planning Podcast from Samuel Stafford, Regional Strategic Land Director at Barratt Developments.

If you’d like to take part in the podcast or want help managing or launching your own podcast then please get in touch on 0161 359 4100 or email Kevin Whitmore.


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